Organizations

4-H

4-H is a youth development organization for youth in kindergarten through one year past high school, which works to foster life skills in its members, generally focusing on leadership, citizenship, and community service. 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with more than 7 million youth members. Wright County currently has more than 600 4-H members & over 160 adult leaders. 4-H offers a special Cloverbud program for youth in grades kindergarten through second grade. Wright County has 18 clubs throughout the county. 4-H clubs generally conduct monthly meetings, giving youth an opportunity to make new friends and learn about topics they are interested in. Wright County 4-H also hosts various events throughout the year, including overnight & day camps, project workshops, community service projects, bringing projects to the county fair, horse clinics, learning various shooting sports, exchange trips and much more.

There are currently two 4-H clubs in the Delano area.

• Franklin Friends 4-H Club: Meets the second Thursday of the month. Contact club leaders Lori Hartley 320-963-2005 for more information.

• Willing Workers 4-H Club: Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:20 p.m. at Delano United Methodist, 3310 County Line Rd SE. Contact 2018-2019 club leader Michelle DeWitte at 763 250-4764.

Big Woods Garden Club

The Big Woods Garden Club, which was founded in 2002, serves the areas of western Hennepin, Wright, and northern Carver counties.

Meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., with approximately seven meetings per year; no December, January or February meetings. Meeting dates, times, and locations may change depending on events and opportunities. Meetings consist of guest speakers on various gardening topics, garden craft projects, garden tours, an annual dinner, and a holiday party. One to two meetings per year are open to the public.

The club currently has approximately 30 members, and Sue Palmer is president.

Individual membership dues are $15 per year and are pro-rated for one-half of the year.

The purpose of the organization is to provide a variety of gardening-related educational programs; plant, install, and assist in maintaining local community plantings to enhance the beauty of cities, towns, parks, and open spaces; raise awareness and funds for community garden programs and efforts; and provide a social environment where individuals interested in gardening can meet and exchange ideas.

The Garden Club maintains the Lions Memorial and other landscaping along River Street near the Crow River in downtown Delano. The club was also integral in starting the Delano Community Garden in 2009.

Special events or projects include the BWGC plant sale in May, which takes place the third Saturday, and the annual garden tour in August. Both are for the community at large.

Other projects include a booth at the Delano Expo, Adopt-a-Highway, and an annual community planting project in addition to the monthly educational programs and demonstrations at the meetings

For more information, email Jackie Young at rite2jackie@yahoo.com or call Sue Palmer at 701-306-3567.

Bit & Spurs Saddle Club

The Bit & Spurs Saddle Club was founded in Hamel about 35 years ago, to learn from each other as a group with their horses. The club consists of about 50 families from areas as far away as Wisconsin, but who live primarily in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

The club is a member of the National Saddle Club Association (NSCA), as well as the Western Saddle Club Association (WSCA). During the season, the club hosts several closed shows (for members only). This is a great opportunity for families who are new to horses to learn from others, have fun riding, and meet new friends.

If anyone is interested in joining, or for more information, call

President Kayleigh Gray at 763-245-9368 or visit www.mnomoksee.com/saddle-clubs/bit-spurs-saddle-club/

Delano American Legion

The Delano American Legion Post 377 was first founded in 1919 and chartered in 1924. The current commander is Troy Kriesch and the first vice commander and membership director is Jeremy Christenson. The adjutant is Mike Brandenburg, finance officer Tim Falde, Sergeant at Arms Carl Janzen, and chaplain Joel Branis. Post 377 is actively involved with the following projects: Delano Fourth of July Celebration, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, veteran’s funerals, Legion Baseball, Girls and Boys State, essay scholarship contest and a variety of other activities that support Americanism
education, veterans and children and youth. The Post holds regular meetings on the first Monday of the month.

There are more than 500 members in the Legion Family which includes: Post 377, the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, President Sharon (Sam) Wickert; the Delano Sons of the American Legion (SAL), President Brian Blowers; and American Legion Riders, Director Jeremy Christenson.

The SAL has an omelette breakfast the second Sunday of the month. Bingo is always a favorite Thursday nights at the Legion. Kitchen is open Wednesday through Saturday, with many special events taking place at the Legion throughout the year.

This is a very active post, not only in the community, but also in the district. The organization had two past district commanders and three district presidents.

If anyone wants to join any of the three groups, they may call the Delano American Legion at 763-972-2969. More information can also be found at www.delanoamericanlegion.org. or find it on Facebook.

If you meet a vet, thank him or her. More information can also be found at www.delanoamericanlegion.org or find it on Facebook.

Delano Area Chamber of Commerce

The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) is a member organization formed to support and enhance the business community. The chamber has six committees – business development, economic development, membership, government affairs, ambassadors, and a marketing task force. Within these committees, there are sub-committees that assist in executing the chamber’s annual initiatives.

Regular general membership meetings are the third Thursday of each month at noon. Come at 11:45 a.m. for networking prior to the meeting. For the location of the next meeting and to RSVP, call 763-972-6756, or email dacc@delanochamber.com. Also check out the chamber’s web site at www.delanochamber.com and find it on Facebook.

Delano Area Community Foundation

The Delano Area Community Foundation was founded in 1997 to start an endowment for the Delano area. It offers an excellent opportunity for any person to make lasting contributions to the Delano area. Donations are tax-deductible.

The foundation meets three to four times a year. Sarah Hellmich is the president.

For more information, or if interested in joining as a board member, call 763-226-1799 or email sarah.hellmich@me.com.

Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture

Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture began in 2009 to promote collaboration and provide support to other community arts and cultural organizations. Our Mission is: Empower people to think, work and live creatively through arts and cultural experiences. We provide art and cultural events for all ages.

A major annual event is Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas. It is a day filled with arts and crafts, musical performances, drama, and food. An outdoor market and boutiques located in the downtown area help support local organizations, artisans, local restaurants, and small home based businesses. With activities for all ages, this event brings the community together to kick off the Christmas season.

The City of Delano and the Arts Council established the Highway 12 Sculpture Park in May 2007. The Council is actively looking for local artists to submit proposals for additional sculptures.

Sidewalk Chalk Art contest has been organized and staffed by Arts Council members for Delano’s Fourth of July Family Day.

The Council has sponsored and supported the start up of the Delano Community Band.

The City Parks Board and the art council are working on a “Spark Art” project to recognize local artists and bring art to the downtown area.

Friend the council on Facebook for current community art and cultural events or go to the webpage www.delanomnarts.org. Watch for new events, projects and collaborations from this group.

Anyone interesting in joining the Arts Council or helping in any of the individual projects should contact Deb DeBeer at 612-636-3618 or Sarah Hellmich at 763-226-1799.

Delano Athletic Club

The Delano Athletic Club was founded in 1948 by Father Handzel, Perry Ditty, Valentine “Dutch” Styrbicky, and Fred Parsons. The organization’s purpose is to help improve local baseball and softball facilities and support youth and adult athletic programs.

Current officers are President Steve Eilen, Vice President Jack Lynch, Secretary Mark Petersen, and Treasurer Brent Soderberg. Approximately 20 other active members are involved, with meetings generally once per month.

The DAC has spear-headed many projects over the years, including installing the light towers on the main baseball field in 1948, new LED lighting in 2019, numerous re-surfacing projects and providing the irrigation system to the field.

More recently, the DAC headed the field renovation
projects, which include a new scoreboard, stadium seating in the grandstand, premium deck seating, back-stop netting, a new concession stand and a pavilion area enclosed with decorative fencing.

Delano hosted the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Tournament in 1975, 1984, 1997, and 2013, and will be hosting it in 2019, in addition to hosting the 2016 Minnesota American Legion Baseball Tournament.

For more information, contact Steve Eilen at 612-710-8865 or Jeff Janzen at 952-270-6612.

Delano Boy Scout Troop 273

The Delano Boy Scout Troop 273 was founded in the 1940s.

The purpose of the organization is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character and leadership skills.

There are about 45 members in the organization, which meets Mondays in the community room above the Heritage Center or at the Delano American Legion from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The first Monday of the month is Patrol Leader Council from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the adult leader/interested parent meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This boy-led troop empowers boys to be leaders by allowing them to develop a troop program and then take responsibility for figuring out how to achieve their goals. They accomplish this by electing a senior patrol leader and then organizing into groups of patrols under the guidance of the scoutmaster.

The troop camps or overnights each month and does high adventure trips such as mountain treks in New Mexico and seabase ocean trips in Florida, and other activities. Special projects or events include highway cleanups, the Fourth of July pop stand, wreath sales, and camping trips.

Anyone over the age of 11 interested in joining is invited to visit any meeting. Visit delano273.mytroop.us/ for more information.

Delano Community Band

The Delano Community band is an all-volunteer, inter-generational group based in Delano, and is supported by the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture. The band was established in November 2017.

The Delano Community Band is open to area youth and adult musicians of all experience levels. Its goal is to provide a recreational, social, educational, and musical outlet for its members.

The band rehearses 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Delano High School band room. Amy Johnson is the project director. Eric Stewart is the conductor.

Mission: To provide musical growth, development, and performance opportunities for amateur instrumentalists and bring musical enrichment to Delano and surrounding communities

Goals:

• To promote the value of music in education and in the community

• To offer the opportunity for area musicians to perform and maintain their valuable skills

• To provide musical encouragement and performance opportunities for musicians to continue developing musical skills and talents by playing in a community band outside of formal educational environments.

To learn more, email delanocommunityband@gmail.com or call Amy Johnson at 763-331-8282.

Planned shows for 2018 (exact dates to be determined): spring concert at Delano United Methodist Church; summer concert in the park, to coincide with Delano’s 4th of July festival; Memorial Day and Veterans day performances;
Christmas/holiday concert, to coincide with the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration.

Delano Cub Scout Pack 273

The Delano Cub Scout Pack 273 was founded in 1930. Cub Scouts is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The purpose of the organization is to provide an educational program for children to build their quality of character, to train in the responsibilities of participating as a citizen, and to develop personal fitness. Personal fitness includes physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

There are about 70 scouts and 10 adult leaders in the organization, which usually meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church. Individual dens meet separately twice a month as well to work on achievements.

Special projects or events include Scouting for Food, Memorial Day parade, Fourth of July parade, youth overnight camping, Pinewood Derby Races, day camps, Blue and Gold Banquet, and Crow River Clean-up.

Each year in September there is a special signup night for youth interested in joining the Scouting program, known as School Night for Scouting, or they can join Scouts at any time throughout the year.

For more information, contact Cubmaster Rob Gruba at Pack273Delano@gmail.com, or Pack Committee Chair Kelly Johnson at kellyjohnsoncoaching@gmail.com. Please visit sites.google.com/site/delanocubscouts/ for more
information on Scouting or search for “Pack 273 Delano” on Facebook.

Delano Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.

The local chapter hosts a banquet each fall. For additional information on the Delano chapter, call Galen Hayes at 612-685-3779, Bryan Baumann at 952-955-2223, Jeff Graunke at 763-442-5939, or Chairman Cory Cederberg at 763-972-2540.

Delano Farmers Market

The market is located on the corner of Highway 12 and County Line Road in the Flippin’ Bills parking lot. It is open May through October, Wednesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Delano Farmers Market allows local farmers to bring the freshest, locally-grown produce and other products. One may find fresh produce, breads, fruits, jams, honey, homemade pies, maple syrup, eggs, beef and chicken products, fresh salsa, fresh flowers, and handcrafted items. Watch for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

One booth is available for Delano non-profit organizations to raise awareness or money for their organization.

For more information, call Deb Hoen, market manager, at 763- 238-2702.

Delano Fourth of July Committee, Inc.

The purpose of the Delano Fourth of July Celebration Committee, Inc. is to organize Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, which is recognizing its 162nd celebration in 2018.

The celebration is planned by a planning committee, with 30 organizations represented, that meets in February, April, and June; and an eight-member board that meets twice a month from January to July, and once a month the remainder of the year.

The event features the parade, baseball tournaments, men’s and women’s softball tournaments, bands for both young and old under the big top (never a cover charge), a family entertainment stage, kiddie parade, childrens’ tractor pull, carnival, fireworks, and much more.

For more information, visit www.delano4th.com, like the celebration on Facebook and follow on Twitter, or call Fourth of July Celebration Committee Chairman Alex Roeser at 763-972-2951.

Delano-Franklin Township Area Historical Society

Established in 1999 to preserve the area’s rich history and educate the public, the Delano/Franklin Township Area Historical Society currently has 30 members which meet the last Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Delano Heritage Center (old library). The society also sponsors an event the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center or at Delano City Hall. These events are presentations on historic areas, buildings, organizations, or traditional skills. They are open to anyone interested in history.

Individuals may donate items to the museum and/or use the resources to learn about the history in the Delano area, or discover and work on their own family history.

For more information, visit www.DelanoMNHistory.org, like the organization on Facebook, leave a message at 763-257-2963, President: Jon Steinmetz, Vice President: Bob Heltmes, Secretary/Treasurer: Marla Frach.

Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf

Delano Helping Hands food shelf, located in the Delano Community Education building, 140 Elm Ave., Delano, Minnesota 55328. The food shelf was founded in 1985, and it is supported entirely by volunteer efforts.

The food shelf is open for food distribution each Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and also every third Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The organization helps about 50 families on a monthly basis.  Delano Helping Hands is a member of Second Harvest Heartland, a Minneapolis-St. Paul food bank that partners with organizations and volunteers to feed hungry people. Through this partnership, Delano Helping Hands is able to purchase food at a modest price and participate in food rescue programs with local businesses.

The food shelf relies on monetary and food donations for support. These donations come from individuals, area churches, businesses, and civic organizations throughout the community. Through these generous donations, the food shelf is able to continue to serve the hungry in our area. If anyone is interested in helping at the food shelf, call your local church. Help us help others. Choose to donate your time, food, or money. Every little bit helps. We can all make a difference. If you are in need contact us to learn more on how we can assist you and your family in a way that preserves dignity and respect.

Co-Chairs: Sandy Kremer and Jeanie Pilarski– 763-972-3360. Phone number to use when food shelf is open  763-972-6210 Press 7

Delano Jaycees

The Delano Jaycees were founded in 1981, and currently have about 30 alumni and current members that generally meet the third Tuesday of the month at Dave’s Town Club at 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of the organization is to provide community service, improve members’ leadership abilities, and promote personal growth and professional development.

The Jaycees are active in the community by running projects, helping the citizens, and donating money to the food shelf, local programs, schools, and many other areas of the Delano community.

Special projects or events include the annual sandbox fill in May; a Delano Tiger driveway stencil project; Pitch, Hit, and Run in the spring; spring highway cleanup; golf tournament in August; Toys for Love INC in December; and Puck in the Park in January.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has questions regarding the organization, find the chapter on Facebook, or call President Brenda Bauman at 612-718-5748.

Delano Lions

Established in 1965 to support community interests and aid sight- and hearing-challenged individuals. The Delano Lions currently has 45 members. The Lions meet the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Brickside Grille and Tap.

Special projects include the Delano 4th of July parade, Christmas tree sales, and various fundraisers. The Delano Lions will be hosting its annual golf tournament at River’s Edge Golf Course in August.

The Lions adopt Highway 12 between Hennepin County roads 92 and 90 for ditch cleanup. They also collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids, and donate time and money to various local organizations and people in need. For details on joining, or for more information, contact President Steve Rogers at steverogers@anchor-plastics.com or 612-363-4741.

Delano/Loretto Girl Scouts

Girls Scouts mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With incredible programming for girls, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success.

The Delano/Loretto Service Unit consists of 13 troops, with 119 girls and 49 adults.

For more information, please contact Linda Althoff, Delano/ Loretto Girl Scout Service Unit Manager at lgalthoff@charter.net. You may also contact the Girl Scouts River Valleys council at 800-845-0787 or girlscouts@girlscoutsrv.org.

Delano Loretto United Way

For more than 50 years, the Delano Loretto Area United Way has been a source of help for people in need. Originally founded as the Delano Community Chest, the United Way is the oldest and farthest reaching charitable organization in the greater Delano and Loretto area.

The Delano Loretto Area United Way is managed by a board of directors comprised of volunteers from the communities, as well as a part-time coordinator, Courtney Olson. United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign, as well as benefits from in-house business, corporate, and school-giving programs, and civic and fraternal philanthropy.

The organization’s president is Ryan Gueningsman; Vice President Monica Kowalke; Secretary Mollie Hoese; treasurer Wendy Gilmer; and Past President Kevin Max. Additional board members are Bob Van Lith, Marlene Kittock, Diane Johnson, Kathy Nordling, Darren Schuler, Joe Tipka, Ted May, and Holly Phipps. The coordinator is Courtney Olson.

Delano Senior Writers’ Club

A story to share, a tale to tell, a dream to explore, and a friend to make.

Experiences, thoughts, and feelings come to life in the cozy environment of the Delano Senior Center. The writers’ group helps us know ourselves and our community; ages past and times to come are explored by amateur writers in a constructive, supportive environment. Writers’ group meets at 10:30 the first and third Thursdays of each month. We laugh, we cry, we smile and we listen to the exciting adventures and extraordinary narratives of everyday people.

Folks from Delano and surrounding areas have something important to share. The writers’ group is a safe, comfortable place to do that. Whether it’s family memories, school day exploits, heartfelt poetry or the great American novel, you have a friendly, eager audience at the Delano Senior Writers’ Group.

Delano Snowstormers Snowmobile Club

Delano Snowstormers, a local non-profit snowmobile club originally started in the early ‘70s, continues strong and active in 2019.

There are 55 memberships (family and individual) and are members of the Wright County Snowmobile Association, Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and has DNR-Certified Youth Snowmobile Safety Instructors.

Club members perform trail maintenance and development each spring and fall. Groomer drivers manage grooming of 45 miles of trails with a Wright County Snowmobile Association groomer operated and maintained by Snowstormers, and use a club-owned small groomer for in-town trails. A well-kept club shelter nestled in the woods along the scenic trail route provides snowmobilers a break from their ride. Snowstormers appreciate and respect landowners’ private properties as they permit use of their land for snowmobiling. The club takes pride in keeping trail systems maintained and safe for all to ride.

Snowstormers host an annual fundraiser in December, conduct youth snowmobile safety training every January, organize special club events, participate in community events and schedule club rides as trail conditions allow.

Come to Delano/Wright County and enjoy the great snowmobile trails! Trail maps are available at local businesses throughout the county.

New members are always welcome. Club meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the Delano American Legion, 7:30 p.m. For more information call 952-955-2894 or visit delanosnowstormers.com.

Delano Sportsmen’s Club

The Delano Sportsmen’s Club was founded in 1898 as the Delano Gun Club. In those days, the club was made up of the community elite, and activities consisted mostly of hunting raccoons, and training dogs. Trap shooting soon became one of the club’s major activities, as well.

As the years went by, it became evident that conservation of the environment and wildlife was necessary to preserve the community’s heritage and future well-being, so the club gradually became involved in activities promoting this. The club was largely responsible for governmental action prohibiting the unregulated dumping by industries and others into the Crow River.

In 1937, the club changed its name to the Delano Sportsmen’s Club, as a broader membership base was desired. With the building of the new clubhouse in 1974, the new traphouse in 1985, and constant improvement of the range facilities, including the shooting shelter in 1987 and ongoing significant noise abatement , the organization has grown to more than 500 members. The club purchased the 75-acre farm just west of the club house and is constructing trapshooting ranges on a portion of the land.

Some projects of the club include winter feeding of pheasants, raising pheasant chicks for restocking, annual planting of evergreen tree plots for habitat improvement, a firearm safety course, a bowhunter safety course, an advanced firearms safety course, and a members-only turkey shoot and fishing contest.

The club also hosts the Delano High School trapshooting team and provides financial support to many organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, Freshwater Society, TIP, and many others.

The club financed, as well as provided labor for the new public access on Lake Sarah and Dean Lake.

The president of the club is Tom Delaney. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Lunch is provided after each meeting. For more information or to join, call Joe and Jan Kittok at 763-972-2989. Dues are $150 per year, with the opportunity to reduce that to $50 through work projects around the club and volunteering for shifts at the Fourth of July Celebration.

Delano United Diversity Task Force

The Delano United Diversity Task Force is a campaign in the Delano community to combat discrimination and spark conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion. The task force organizes public events, including: community book reads, speakers, meetings, and more. The task force is a volunteer-driven organization and new faces are always welcome. All meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the Delano Senior Center (234 Second St. N.). Call Nick Neaton at 763 972-0574 for more information.

Friends of the Delano Library

The Friends of the Delano Library was founded in 1984, and currently has 20 members. It meets monthly at the Delano Public Library, on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call the library at 763-972-3467 to confirm meeting dates and times since they may change. We are always looking for new members so please consider joining.

The purpose of the organization is to promote the library’s programs, and provide volunteer and monetary assistance to ongoing programs. The organization helps to encourage community
awareness of the library, by hosting events and providing media communications.

Special projects and events include the annual spring book sale in April, the March photo exhibit, supporting the summer children’s programs with treats and volunteers, October art exhibit, November Fiber Art exhibit, numerous special events and author visits, supporting the January adult winter reading program with incentives and prizes, and facilitating a quilt exhibit in February.

If you are interested in joining or volunteering, or have more questions, visit the library and find more information and membership forms on the Friends of the Library bulletin board found near the community bulletin board at the end of the hallway in the library.

General Federated Women’s Club of Delano

The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano was founded April 24, 1968. The club currently has 20 members, and meets the second Monday of the month, September through April, at the Delano Public Library, with a Club special event elsewhere to install new members in May.

GFWC’s motto is “Unity in Diversity.” Our purpose is to provide a channel through which women can best realize their own capabilities, and make a valuable contribution of service to our community.

Past projects include several renovations to the Delano City Library, began volunteer recycling and supported city-wide recycling, equipped a neighborhood park with playground equipment, constructed a gazebo in the park, completed a walking path connecting downtown to the schools, and completed a walkway from the street to the gazebo, city beautification efforts, supported M.E.A.D.A., contributed to the ECFE playground equipment project, supported the Delano Middle School auditorium refurbishment and raised funds for development of Riverfront Park and the splash pad. Most recently, the club provided the funds for the purchase
of an aquatic wheelchair so all members of our community can safely enjoy the splash pad.

In 2019 we are partnering with with Delano High School National Honor Society students on a safe driving campaign.

Ongoing projects include the summer Concerts in the Park series, a card marathon, supporting the Anna Marie shelter, promoting the awareness and prevention of domestic violence which often lead to homelessness. Proceeds from fundraisers including the Citizen of the Year Banquet and singing telegrams are used to fund community improvement projects. In addition, the club sponsors a Delano area student to attend HOBY leadership training, Delano Athletics, Delano Area Scholarship Association, Delano Estates, Old-Fashioned Christmas, Operation Nice (troop support), Operation Smile, Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, St Peter’s School and USO’s Operation Phone Home.

Officers through May 14, 2020 are Presidents Jennifer Halverson (annual reports), Marlene Kittock (public events) and Chris Brazelton (meetings), First Vice President Jeanie Pilarski, Second Vice President Pat Sawatzke, Secretary Lisa Blodgett, Treasurer Marge Barfknecht, Publicity Coordinators Jeanie Pilarski and Chris Brazelton, and Historian Lorraine Statema.

If anyone is interested in joining, ordering a singing telegram or has more questions, contact Chris Brazelton at 612-209-4553 or Jennifer Halvorson at 952-994-1128.

Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Council 4653

The Knights of Columbus Council 4653 was founded Dec. 8, 1958, and currently has 140 members which meet the third Tuesday of the month immediately following 6 p.m. mass at St. Martha’s Hall at St. Peter’s Church. It is affiliated with the Fraternal Organization of Catholic Gentlemen, associated with Fourth Degree 2649 Christ the King Assembly of Buffalo, and Nicollet Assembly 526 of Minneapolis.

The purpose of the organization is to defend the Catholic faith, protect widows and orphans, and perform acts of faith, hope, and charity.

Special projects or events include the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, which raises funds for programs for the mentally challenged and for local activities in the churches and communities, supporting Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth baseball, softball, and other youth sports, and local area churches and schools.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has questions regarding the organization, call Steve Hanlon at 952-934-8270 or Kevin Otto at 612-867-7890.

Love INC-Heartland

Love INC – Heartland, Love In the Name of Christ, is a shared Christian ministry of more than 50 area churches working together to help people in need. Love INC serves Delano, Dasssel, Cokato, Independence, Loretto, Greenfield, Rockford, Mayer, Montrose, Howard Lake, Waverly, Watertown, Corcoran, Winsted and Maple Plain. We have two Thrift Stores serving people in need and selling to the public to support the ministry. The locations of each store are 318 Railroad Avenue, Delano (Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon) and 801 Highway 12 in Howard Lake (Hours: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). In 2018, more than 4,000 needs met through more than 12,000 volunteer hours.

Love INC – Heartland practices a form of redemptive compassion which is a catalyst for transformation in the lives of those we help. Rather than sustaining people in need, we desire to help them reach their full potential in Christ. Participants in our Fresh Start classes paid down over $410,000 in debt while learning skills to become more self-sufficient. All of our classes are open to the public. Contact Lisa at 763-972-6547, option 3 for more information.

Financial donations and items in good condition are always welcome and a vital part of our sustainability of our ministry in helping those in need. Furniture donations are welcomed and can be dropped off at either location (Delano or Howard Lake). Furniture donations cannot have holes, stains, bad scratches, odors or pet damage. Contact our store manager with any questions at 763-972-6547, option 2. Clothing and fabric donations with rips, stains are accepted because we can sell this by the pound, which helps our ministry immensely. Please label such donations with a # (hashtag) to indicate to our volunteers it is for poundage.

The annual spring Love INC Gala fundraiser dinner will take place from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Medina Entertainment Center. This year our theme is “Live, Love, Laugh.” You won’t want to miss an evening of hilarity from the improve group, Slap Happy! The silent auction begins at 4 p.m. followed by dinner, knee slapping entertainment and a message of Jesus’ love, hope and healing spread by Love INC in our community. Tickets are $55 in advance at app.mobilecause.com/f/lr8z/n or call 763-972-6547 for more information.

Prayer, monetary contributions and volunteers both in Delano and Howard Lake are needed and appreciated to continue to help neighbors in our community reach their full potential. Please call Lisa at 763-972-6547, option 3 for more information. One phone number 763-972-6547 for two locations.

Thank you for all of your support. God bless you and this generous community.

Love INC – Heartland is a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency more than 80 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and people in need.

Visit the webpage www.loveincheartland.org for more information. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on all of the on-going sales at www.facebook.com/Love-INC-Heartland-Love-in-the-Name-of-Christ.

Special Olympics of Minnesota Delano Community Team

Special Olympics provides a year-round program of sports training and competition for people with mental disabilities that contribute to lifelong physical fitness, personal growth, and achievement. The competitions are patterned after the Olympics games and are held annually at the area, state, national, and world level. In addition to the athletic competitions, these games and tournaments include Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, victory dances, and a variety of cultural activities. Athletes age 8 years old and up are eligible for training and competition. The Delano Special Olympics team competes in bowling, basketball, swimming, track and field, and bocce. For more information, contact Andrea MacLean at 763-972-3400.

The 221 Common House

The 221 Common House, located at 221 Second St N, is a place where members and friends can explore, nurture, and express our values and emerging ideas. We do this by coming together to either create or enjoy music and performance, art and craft, poetry and prose, food and drink. Visit www.the221.org for more information.

Toastmasters International

Tri-County Toastmasters is a local club of Toastmasters International, whose mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. In pursuit of that mission, the education program and projects have recently been redesigned to provide a more individualized experience with real-world, transferable skills. All materials and much of the learning are now digital and online with optional print materials available.

Anyone who is interested may attend a meeting and will find a positive, supportive learning environment. Interested members have the opportunity to pursue district leadership and to compete in a variety of speech contests. Proven developmental techniques ensure that even the most inexperienced beginner can be successful.

Tri-County Toastmasters started in Delano in 1971, rechartered in 1982, and eventually moved to Watertown. The club meets at 6:45 a.m. every Friday at Watertown City Hall. All adults age 18 and older are eligible for membership and those under 18 are welcome to participate in learning better communication and leadership skills. Tri-County has about 20 members.

Our members would love to help you meet your communication and leadership goals! Contact us at tricountytm@gmail.com and/or visit our website at 5053.toastmastersclubs.org. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for Tri-County Toastmasters.